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The Crown and The Anchor

I’m almost done with reading Johnstone Metzger’s entertaining Old School The Nightmares Underneath; I’m working through the section on creating the Nightmares themselves. People’s nightmares literally fuel the creation of Incursions from the outer realms into the real world, the Kingdoms of Dreams. Chaos seeps into the land of Law, nibbling away with insidious intent. Negative emotions…
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January 20, 2017 0

Numenera: Starter Set

I don’t know how I missed it, but Monte Cook Games released a Numenera: Starter Set recently. I guess it must have been very late 2016 – December even? I only recently noticed it at Gameslore – and then on Facebook. Given that I just started running Numenera again earlier in the week, I thought…
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January 12, 2017 0

Numenera: Live from Norwich

Numenera: Strand proved a useful touchstone yesterday for kicking off an adventure in the Ninth World. I always answer any questions the players have about the situation that their characters find and the world around them, but Numenera: Strand was a neat way of setting the scene and the tone. A 10-minute video with just enough…
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January 10, 2017 2

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Binging the box sets. Watching Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – and that was a half season binge of four episodes – on Netflix last night. Very good. Like it. As a long time fan of anything Douglas Adams, I read Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency when it came out, around 87/88. The Hitchhiker’s Guide…
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December 18, 2016 0

Poison City

Poison City (by Paul Crilley) reads a bit like Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch and a twinge like Charles Stross’s books about The Laundry. Probably more former than latter. And, perhaps, with a dose of Hellboy and Night Watch thrown in for good measure. Gods, monsters, vampires, spirits, angels, demons, fae, and worlds…
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December 1, 2016 0

Dream Teams and Inspiration

These RPGaDay questions are still weird. Short (-ish) answers inevitable. Day #13: What makes a successful campaign? I have no idea. I have never had the opportunity to run one. Day #14: Your dream team of people you used to game with? My dream team resides in my current gaming group, the best bunch of people I…
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August 17, 2016 1

What Comes Next?

I’m skipping a couple of entries in RPGaDAY because I just don’t have an answer. Both Day #10: Largest in-game surprise you have experienced? and Day #11: Which gamer most affected the way you play? – well, they’re drawing a blank. I have not, to my recollection, ever had any in-game surprise launched on me,…
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August 17, 2016 0

Ideal Role Playing Session Needs…

RPGaDay Day #9 asks: Beyond the game, what’s involved in an ideal session? And I’d respond preparation. The level of prep varies wildly, but it matters at all levels and on both sides. Both the GM and the players owe it to one another to come prepared to the table to deliver their best game.…
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August 17, 2016 0

Hardcover, Softcover, Digital

RPGaDay Day #8 asks: Hardcover, softcover, digital? What is your preference? If you look for the most significant impact on my gaming habits this year, you need to look no further than Symbaroum. A beautiful hardcover book filled with glorious illustrations with a dark and brooding cover image. The internal presentation of this book simply…
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August 17, 2016 0

The Effects of RPGs on Me

RPGaDay Day #7 asks: What aspect of RPGs has had the biggest effect on you? There existence has impacted me significantly, as without them and my interest in them, I would never have got into writing in the way I have. I spent about 10 years running play-by-mail games in the late 80s and early…
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August 17, 2016 0